A lot of people would argue that Batman isn't one of the greatest heroes of all time. He defeated Superman, killed Darkseid, and has saved Gotham more times than he could count on the broken hands of the criminals he's apprehended. What else does a hero need to do? Batman has been kicking butt and taking names for 75 years. Are you not entertained?! Wether or not you are, I believe there is no denying that The Dark Knight has taught us some valuable lessons over the years. It would take all week to go over everything we've learned from him, so I broke it down to just a few. Now, let's take a look at: 5 Valuable Lessons Batman Has Taught Us.
Some might say the Batman has no compassion, because of how brutal his interrogations can be. I say, you're wrong! His compassion shows in his decision not to kill you.
Henri Ducard: Your compassion is a weakness your enemies will not share.
Bruce Wayne: That's why it's so important. It separates us from them. - Bruce Wayne
In this scene from Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins (2005) Bruce corrects his mentor by saying that compassion is important. He is saying that even though your enemy may be without compassion, that does not mean that you should lack as well; for it separates the good from the bad. To show compassion for your enemy, is to show true strength.
2. What It Takes to be a Hero
In the last movie of Christopher Nolan's Bat Trilogy, Batman describes the meaning of a hero. You don't need money, a cape, a cool suit, or superpowers.
Batman: A hero can be anyone, even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat on a young boy's shoulders to let him know that the world hadn't ended.
This quote gave me the chills. It really speaks for itself.
3. How to be Everlasting
Another thing that the Batman from Nolan's trilogy has taught us, is how to be everlasting. On his way back to Gotham from traveling the world, and finding himself, Bruce talks to Alfred about becoming a symbol.
Bruce Wayne: As a man I'm flesh and blood, I can be ignored, I can be destroyed. But as a symbol, as a symbol, I can be incorruptible. I can be everlasting.
This is a very admirable quote in my book. Flesh and blood can easily be destroyed, wiped from the face of the Earth. But an idea, an idea can become incorruptible. An idea can outlive it's creator. An idea can become everlasting. Bruce's idea, his symbol, was Batman.
4. What Defines Us
Near the end of Batman Begins (2005) Rachel asks Batman who he is. Before gliding off of the rooftop, he gives her an answer worth pondering.
Batman: It's not who I am underneath, but what I do, that defines me.
I'll tell you what this means to me. If you're not doing what you love by now, then you're likely putting on a mask to go to a job you don't want to be at, interacting with people you don't want to interact with. Wether you're a retail worker, a server, a cook, or a dishwasher.
That mask that you put on before work does not define who you are. You are more than a retail worker, a server, a cook, or a dishwasher; just how Bruce Wayne is more than just a billionaire. He's Batman. & you? Underneath, who are you? Do you leave people to burn in the fire they set themselves, or are you the one to help put it out? Either way, it is what you do that defines you.
5. To Pick Ourselves Up
Even though it was Bruce's father, Thomas Wayne, who held this quote, I'll still count it, considering Bruce still used it in his adult life.
Thomas Wayne: Why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.
This has to be my favorite quote. I even have it tattooed on my arm, right above a Bat symbol. It's so straightforward, yet it's so profound. The father of Bruce Wayne has taught Bruce, to teach us, this valuable lesson. We don't fall to wallow in the dirt. We fall so we can learn to pick ourselves up.
I hope you guys were able to draw some inspiration from 5 Valuable Lessons Batman Has Taught Us! If you have anything to add, please, sound off in the comments below!